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United Jewish Fund and Council of Saint Paul records

Identifier: umja0055

Scope and Content

This collection consists of administrative materials dating between 1911 and 1985. There are numerous gaps in materials and the collection is not extensive. Materials include: correspondence, board meeting minutes, committee meeting minutes, budget and financial documents, special reports and studies on community, pamphlets, brochures, scrapbooks, and research materials.

Series 7 consists of materials relating to oral and written history projects. The UJFC funded two history projects: an oral history effort during the 1970s spanning several phases and the subsequent book, published in 1985 titled We rolled up our sleeves: a history of the United Jewish Fund and Council and its beneficiary agencies, by Marilyn Chiat and Chester Proshan. The materials gathered and first drafts of their research are found in Series 7.


  • 1911-1985


Use of Materials

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

The United Jewish Fund and Council (UJFC) was formed in 1945 with the merger of the Council of Jewish Social Agencies, established in 1932, and the United Jewish Fund of St. Paul, founded in 1935. The Council of Jewish Social Agencies had represented more than 20 social service organizations, working to coordinate and speak authoritatively on behalf of the needs of the Jewish community. The United Jewish Fund was in charge of providing and central fundraising mechanism for a community that had in the past been weakened by competition and fragmentation. Thus, with the merger of these organizations and the creation of the United Jewish Fund and Council, its purpose is two-fold reflecting the mission of the precursor organizations—that of social service planning and administration and that of fund raising and distribution. Their work included caring for the elderly and orphaned, while also providing recreation, education, culture, healty and welfare needs of the entire community, seeking to enhance the quality of Jewish communal life.

Beneficiary agencies of the UJFC include the Talmud Torah, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Vocational Service, Jewish Community Center of Greater St. Paul Area, Jewish Community Relations Council, Hillel at the University of Minnesota, and more. They also allocates funds to national organizations, such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The United Jewish Fund and Council, now known as Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, is still active in the community. For more information, visit their website at


8.4 Cubic Feet (8 boxes -- 1 Hollinger box, 7 Paige boxes)

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This collection consists of the administrative materials for the United Jewish Fund and Council of Saint Paul (Minn.), an organization dedicated to social service planning and administration as well as fundraising and distribution to local Jewish organizations.


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Historical and board minutes

Series 2: Committees and subcommittees

Series 3: Special studies and reports

Series 4: Beneficiary Agency materials

Series 5: Public relations

Series 6: Fundraising

Series 7: Materials related to oral and written history projects Series 8: Scrapbooks

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in 1987 by the United Jewish Fund and Council of Saint Paul.

Processing Information

This collection was first donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in 1987 and was added to over time before it came to the University of Minnesota. The collection has remained in the series and order in which it was processed by the staff members of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, and not in original order.

United Jewish Fund and Council of Saint Paul records, 1911-1985
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
October 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2022: Revised to add newly found materials

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives Collecting Area